CORONAVIRUS VACCINE: Merseyside covid vaccination figures
At least 174,000 people across Merseyside and Cheshire had their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of last week, NHS figures show.
According to the regional data, which only runs up to January 17, 174,592 people across the two regions have had their first jab, equating to 7% of the population.
A smaller number, 26,628 people, had been given the two recommended jabs by the same date.
The UK’s vaccination program has continued to move quickly compared to other countries, with the nation now sitting behind only Israel and the United Arab Emirates in terms of the proportion of its population who have had one jab.
However, the government’s decision to set a 12 week limit for people to have their second jab, double the six weeks recommended by the World Health Organisation, has proved controversial, with the BMA calling for a shift to the WHO target.
The progress on vaccination also comes as hospitals up and down the country face enormous strain, with most now bearing the brunt of a steep rise in cases earlier this month.
As of January 19, there were 1,366 Covid patients in hospital across the Liveprool City Region’s six boroughs, an increase from 1,051 the week before.
The number of patients on ventilators also increased over the same period. There were 80 patients in those beds on January 19, compared to 63 beds the week before.
Nick Tyrrell, Local Democracy Reporter
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